This week we meet with one of our investigators named Mona. She is super positive and says that she is looking for a religion. When we meet with her before we introduced her to the Book of Mormon and asked her to read it and pray about it. This week when we meet with her, her first question was, "How do I pray?" She talked about how she always felt so good whenever we prayed with her at the beginning of the lesson. We taught her how and she was amazed by the fact that it was so much from the heart. We didn't have any memorized prayer, only saying things that we needed or even about how we just feel.
I had another experience this week that really taught me the importance of prayer. We had an appointment to meet with this old investigator that we had found on the phone. When we got there he wasn't wearing any pants, and his apartment was dark and smelled like smoke. We were invited in and we sat down to start talking with him. I imminently did not want to be teaching him. The TV was on and he was smoking the entire time we were talking. He said that he was atheist and believed in the big bang and stuff like that. We asked him if he had read the Book of Mormon and he said he had little bit. I didn't want to be teaching this guy, but the whole time we were talking I felt like the Spirit was telling me to wait, that there must be something more. We told him that there is a God and he has a plan for every one of us. We talked about if we want to know if God is there we need to have the desire to know if he is there. We then asked if we could end with a prayer. I gave the closing prayer, and after I finished I opened my eyes to see the man crying. He didn't say anything about it, but he invited us to come back.
How often do we take our knowledge of prayer for granted? I once heard that the best way to gage our spiritual health is how often we kneel down in prayer. I believe that sometimes maintaining our spiritual health needs to be put before maintaining our physical health. Acknowledging our Father in Heaven and asking, counseling, and acting upon what God says to us "maketh an anchor to the souls of men". I am so grateful now that I get to pray every day. I wish that I would have taken more advantage of it before I was on my mission.
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